Just an Action Potential…

We need to keep in mind that there is no pain signal coming in from the periphery.

Pain is not an input. It is simply (and complexly?!) a nerve being stimulated, sending an action potential up to the spinal cord and then brain, where the brain interprets those signals.

…and that’s where it get’s sticky… because what is Continue reading

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A Year in Review

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I will start by referring you to this statement:

… the reflective process [helps in] becoming a better clinical and critical thinker, thereby providing patients and clients with a better experience and better outcomes.

The exercise in containing and writing a thought succinctly and with brevity is a tool that, in our opinion, should be utilized.

Perhaps the process … will aid the reader in challenging their own current ideas, or perhaps reinforce them.

That was part of the the first post on the #PTBT. Continue reading

V O M I T

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After a few weeks back in the out patient physical therapy setting I am re-confronted with the pathoanatomical-ness of diagnosis.

The battle for language and context of explanation rages on: full strength, full power, full speed.  Whew, just trying to hang on. Daily I must combat the destructive thoughts of a fragile body, or a decaying joint, a shredded tendon, or a tear from here to there.

Sometimes it is very true. Others not. But trying to de-fixate an individual’s thoughts off of the negativity of their structures is unaided by visual proof that they are internally “disfigured.” Continue reading

The big C…

Cancer.

It sucks. Fortunately, most of us will live our lives out without this battle. We’ll go on, mostly, ignorant to the difficulty, the fear, the anxiety, the depression, the emotional strain, the unanswered questions, the sleepless nights, or even the simplicity of the brutal financial cost.

And that’s what this post is about…the cost. Well, two things: the cost and the hope. When someone you know struggles with cancer, there may be a variety of things you can do to personally help bear the burden. When it’s someone you don’t know…there may be less options. BUT none of them are less important.

A friend of the PTBT is struggling fighting against Double Hit Lymphoma, a rare and aggressive form of lymphoma. We are asking you to partner with him and his family in this fight by providing some financial support. Initial costs for lymphoma treatments can be as much as $60,000. By giving financial support, you also give the other important tool in fighting cancer, hope. Let Rob know how far and wide the ripples of his life have spread and supply him with the hope he needs to continue fighting.

There’s only one day left, so please support the ‘stache and spread the word. https://www.booster.com/teamrobfights

After all, hope may just be the best medicine out there.

-PTBT

The Therapeutic Alliance!!

The ‘Therapeutic Alliance (TA) is a term that basically describes an enhanced patient-PT interaction with patient centered care as the driver.  Empathy, compassion and a safe positive atmosphere all fall into this realm as well.  (The term is more associated with psychotherapy as far as I can tell). Continue reading